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List of famous writers from Armenia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Armenia is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Armenian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Armenia and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list has a variety of writers in it, from Gheorghe Asachi to Hovhannes Shiraz.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Armenian writers?" and "Which writers are from Armenia?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Armenia in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Armenia, but they're all of Armenia descent.

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Cher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 71 Cher is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer, television host, comedian, dancer, businesswoman, philanthropist, author, film producer, director, and record producer. ...more

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Atom Egoyan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 58 Atom Egoyan, OC is a Canadian stage director and film director. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica, a film set primarily in and around the fictional Exotica strip club. Egoyan was ...more

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William Saroyan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 73 (1908-1981) William Saroyan was an American dramatist and author. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, and in 1943 won the Academy Award for Best Story for the film adaptation of his novel ...more

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Eric Bogosian is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 64 Eric Bogosian is an American actor, playwright, monologuist, and novelist.

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Bulat Okudzhava is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 73 (1924-1997) Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava was a Russian poet, writer, musician, novelist, and singer-songwriter of Georgian-Armenian ancestry. He was one of the founders of the Russian genre called ...more

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Garry Kasparov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 54 Garry Kimovich Kasparov is a Russian chess Grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, writer, and political activist, considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time. From 1986 ...more

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Karen Shakhnazarov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 65 Karen Georgievich Shakhnazarov, PAR is a Soviet and Russian-Armenian filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. He became the Director General of the Mosfilm studios in 1998. Shakhnazarov is the son ...more

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Raffi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 69 Raffi Cavoukian, CM, OBC, better known by his mononym Raffi, is an Egyptian-born Canadian singer-songwriter, author, essayist, and lecturer of Armenian descent. He has developed his career as a ...more

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Henri Verneuil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 82 (1920-2002) Henri Verneuil was a French-Armenian playwright and filmmaker, who made a successful career in France. He was nominated for Oscar and Palme d'Or awards, and won Locarno International Film ...more

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Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 47 Andre Kirk Agassi is an American retired professional tennis player and former World No. 1, who was one of the game's most dominant players from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s. Generally ...more

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Serj Tankian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 50 Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian–American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, ...more

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Hayko Cepkin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 40 Hayko Cepkin is a Turkish musician of Armenian descent.

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Serge Avedikian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 62 Serge Avedikian, sometimes credited as Serje Avetikian, is an Armenian-French film and theatre actor, director, writer and producer, winner of Cannes Festival prize.

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Mikhail Vartanov is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 72 (1937-2009) Mikhail Vartanov. Film director, cinematographer, documentarian, essayist, photographer and artist who developed a style of documentary filmmaking termed the “direction of undirected action.” ...more

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Arlene Francis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 94 (1907-2001) Arlene Francis was an American actress, radio talk show host, and game show panelist. She is known for her long-standing role as a panelist on the television game show What's My Line?, on which ...more

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Sergei Parajanov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 66 (1924-1990) Sergei Parajanov was an Armenian film director and artist from the Soviet Union who made significant contributions to Ukrainian, Armenian and Georgian cinema. He invented his own cinematic ...more

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Hrant Alianak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 67 Hrant Alianak, also billed as Harant Alianak or Grant Aljanak, is an Armenian-Canadian actor and playwright. In 1988 he was nominated for the Genie Award "Best Performance by an Actor in a ...more

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Artavazd Ashoti Peleshyan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 79 Artavazd Peleshian is a screenwriter, film director and film editor.

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Daron Acemoğlu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 51 Kamer Daron Acemoğlu is a Turkish-born American economist of Armenian origin.

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Ara Güler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 90 Ara Güler is a Turkish Armenian photojournalist, nicknamed "the Eye of Istanbul" or "the Photographer of Istanbul". He is considered one of Turkey's few internationally

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Henrik Malyan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 63 (1925-1988) Henrik Sureni Malyan was a Soviet Armenian film director and writer. He was born in Telavi, Georgia. Malyan's uncle was famous actor David Malyan. He studied chess at an early age, along with ...more

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Gérard Chaliand is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Gérard Chaliand age 83 Gérard Chaliand is a French expert in armed-conflict studies and in international and strategic relations, especially asymmetric conflicts.

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Garik Martirosyan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 44 Garik Martirosyan is a Moscow-based Armenian entertainer, comedian, TV host, actor and singer. He's the co-producer and host of the Comedy Club Russia which airs on Russian TV channel TNT. He ...more

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Ruben Simonov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 69 (1899-1968) Ruben Simonov was an actor and theatre director.

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Michael Arlen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 61 (1895-1956) Michael Arlen, born Dikran Kouyoumdjian, was an Armenian essayist, short story writer, novelist, playwright, and scriptwriter, who had his greatest successes in the 1920s while living and ...more

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Varujan Vosganian is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 60 Varujan Vosganian is a Romanian politician, economist, essayist and poet. A member of the National Liberal Party, Vosganian was Romania's Minister of Economy and Commerce in the Tăriceanu

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Alek Keshishian is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 53 Alek Keshishian is a Lebanese-born American film director. He is best known for his 1991 film Madonna: Truth or Dare which was, at the time, the highest-grossing documentary of all time.

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Jakob Künzler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Jakob Künzler Died at 78 (1871-1949) Jakob Künzler was a Swiss who resided in an oriental mission in Urfa and who witnessed the Armenian Genocide. Born in Hundwil, Switzerland, he worked in the canton Appenzell and made a ...more

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Arshile Gorky is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 44 (1904-1948) Arshile Gorky was an ethnically Armenian painter, who had a seminal influence on Abstract Expressionism. He spent most his life as a national of the United States. Along with Rothko, Jackson ...more

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Bob Avakian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 74 Bob Avakian is an American political activist and Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.

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Vartan Gregorian is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 83 Vartan Gregorian is an Iranian-born Armenian-American academic, serving as the president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. Gregorian came to the United States in 1956 as a freshman, attending ...more

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Haig Acterian is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 39 (1904-1943) Haig Acterian was a Romanian film and theater director, critic, dramatist, poet, journalist, and fascist political activist. Alongside Mihail Sebastian and Camil Petrescu, he is considered one ...more

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Gheorghe Asachi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 81 (1788-1869) Gheorghe Asachi was a Moldavian-born Romanian prose writer, poet, painter, historian, dramatist and translator. An Enlightenment-educated polymath and polyglot, he was one of the most ...more

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Virgil Madgearu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 53 (1887-1940) Virgil Traian N. Madgearu was a Romanian economist, sociologist, and left-wing politician, prominent member and main theorist of the Peasants' Party and of its successor, the National Peasants' ...more

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Henri Troyat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 96 (1911-2007) Henri Troyat was a Russian-born French author, biographer, historian and novelist.

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Paruyr Sevak is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 47 (1924-1971) Paruyr Sevak was an Armenian poet and literary critic. He is considered one of the greatest Armenian poets of the 20th century.

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Yousuf Karsh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 94 (1908-2002) Yousuf Karsh, CC was an Armenian–Canadian portrait photographer. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he is "one of the greatest portrait photographers of the twentieth century, ...more

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Gevorg Emin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 80 (1918-1998) Gevorg Emin was an Armenian poet, essayist, and translator.

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Vartapet Komitas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 66 (1869-1935) Soghomon Soghomonian, ordained and commonly known as Komitas, was an Armenian priest, musicologist, composer, arranger, singer, and choirmaster, who is considered the founder of Armenian ...more

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Diran Kelekian is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 53 (1862-1915) Diran Kelekian was an Ottoman Armenian journalist, writer and professor of Ottoman University, editor of "Cihan" and "Sabah" newspapers. Armenian Genocide victim. He studied ...more

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Martiros Saryan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 92 (1880-1972) Martiros Saryan was an Armenian painter, the founder of the Armenian national school of painting.

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Eric Nazarian is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Eric Nazarian age 41 Eric Nazarian is a screenwriter.

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Henry Morgenthau, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 90 (1856-1946) Henry Morgenthau was a lawyer, businessman and United States ambassador, most famous as the American ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. As ambassador to the Ottoman ...more

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Vigen Chaldranyan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
age 61 Vigen Chaldranyan is a film director, producer and screenwriter.

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Hovhannes Galstyan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Hovhannes Galstyan age 48 Hovhannes Galstyan is an Armenian film director, writer and producer.

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George Mardikian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 74 (1903-1977) George Magar Mardikian was an Armenian-American restaurateur, chef, author and philanthropist who opened the well-known Omar Khayyam's restaurant in San Francisco, California, in 1938. He is the ...more

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Eduard Hambartsumyan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Eduard Hambartsumyan age 34 Eduard Hambartsumyan is a film director, screenwriter, and film producer.

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Arsen Azatyan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Arsen Azatyan age 58 Arsen Azatyan is a film director, film producer, film editor and screenwriter.

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Paul Chater is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Died at 80 (1846-1926) Sir Catchick Paul Chater, CMG, was a prominent British businessman of Armenian descent in colonial Hong Kong.

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Hamo Beknazarian is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Armenia
Hamo Beknazarian Died at 74 (1891-1965) Hamo Beknazarian, also known as Hamo Bek-Nazarov or Amo Bek-Nazarian, was a Soviet Armenian film director.